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5 Fun Facts About January 29 In Mississippi History

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1. On January 29, 1850, Mississippi enacted its first constitution, which officially legalized slavery in the state. This document also established the state's judicial system and defined the roles and responsibilities of its government officials.

2. In 1964, civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer Sr., a voting rights advocate, was killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan on January 29. The tragedy drew national attention to the ongoing struggle for civil rights in Mississippi and beyond.

3. On January 29, 1901, the first oil well was drilled in Mississippi, ushering in an era of oil exploration and production in the state. The discovery of oil brought economic prosperity to several Mississippi communities and helped fuel the growth of the state's industrial sector.

4. The Neshoba County Fair, one of Mississippi's most popular annual events, began on January 29, 1889. This week-long festival celebrates Mississippi's rich cultural heritage and features live music, carnival rides, and traditional Southern cuisine.

5. In 196, Mississippi native Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" had its Broadway debut on January 29. The play, set in the Mississippi Delta, explores themes of family, death, and the American Dream, and is widely considered one of Williams' greatest works.
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